The Minister from Emirates

Dec/29/2022 / by Swarnendu Biswas
Reem Al Hashmi
Image credits: Wikimedia Commons

Reem Al Hashimi is a dynamic politician from United Arab Emirates. She is also known as Reem Al Hashimy. She is the Minister of State for International Cooperation in the UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, and was the Director General for Expo 2020.

Expo 2020 had the distinction of being the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. The expo was held in Dubai, from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022. Initially the duration for the expo was from 20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021, but it was postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The mega event attracted more than 24 million visits in six months.

 She was born in 1978, in Dubai. The age of Reem Al Hashimi is 44 years. Her involvement in public life is a long one. In February 2008, Reem Al Hashimi was appointed as the Minister of State in the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates, and she was appointed as the Minister of State for International Cooperation in February 2016.

Donning Many Hats

Besides serving as the UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation she also chairs the National Committee on Sustainable Development Goals, which leads the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals in the UAE, and aligns them the national development priorities of UAE. She is also engaged in managing the Vice President’s Office for Political Affairs.

Moreover, within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of UAE, Reem Al Hashimy has the  responsibility for the UAE’s bilateral relations with India, Pakistan, Sub-Saharan African countries and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). She is the former Chairperson of the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, which fosters the UAE’s global competitiveness across different sectors.

The biography of Reem Al Hashimi should also mention that besides such high profile positions in the ministry, she also heads Dubai Cares, an UAE-based philanthropic organization that advocates for children’s rights and has worked in several countries.

Contributing to a Successful Expo

In her capacity of the Director General for Expo 2020, Reem Al Hashimy did sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UAE Gender Balance Council for highlighting the UAE’s endeavors in gender equality.

She played a crucial role in organizing the mega show. It should also be highlighted in the biography of Reem Al Hashimi thatfor the Expo 2020, Reem Al Hashimy took the service of the famous music director from India, AR Rahman to constitute an all-women orchestra, which included members from around the region too. The Firdaus Orchestra had 50 women from 23 nationalities.

According to, the estimated net worth of Reem Al Hashimi was 5 million USD in 2020.


What is the educational qualification of Reem Al Hashimi?

While talking about her, we can easily come to know that she earned her BA in International Relations and French from Tufts University in the US followed by a master’s degree from Harvard University in 2002. She also did a PhD from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Who is Reem Al Hashimi married to?

Her husband’s name is Arsalan Al Hashimi.

When did Reem Al Hashimi begin her career in politics?

She entered politics in 2008, when she became theMinister of State in the Cabinet of the United Arab Emirates. Prior to her appointment as the Minister of State, she served as Commercial Attaché, and then as Deputy Chief of the UAE Embassy to the US.


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